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Cambodia accused of 'killing off democracy' after opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court

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Cambodia has been accused of ‘killing off democracy’ after the country’s supreme court dissolved the opposition party and outlawed over 100 politicians ahead of a general election next year. Thursday's ruling to disband the Cambodia National Rescue Party, in a Southeast Asian country visited by about 159,000 Britons a year, was widely expected amid the worst crackdown on freedom and human rights in two decades. The government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, a firebrand former Khmer Rouge fighter who has held office for 32 years, had already accused the CNRP of plotting a US-backed revolution and jailed the party’s leader Kem Sokha in September. After a horrific genocide in the 1970s, when the Khmer Rouge under dictator Pol Pot killed 1-3 million, Cambodia has functioned nominally as a democracy since 1993. Analysts say the current repression reveals Hun Sen’s desire to cling to power after a surge in the CNRP’s popularity. “This is the end of democracy in Cambodia. We have not done anything wrong. We have fought for democracy. They have killed the will of more than three million people in Cambodia,” said CNRP spokesman, Yim Sovann, referring to the party’s recent support in June’s local elections. Deputy opposition leader Mu Sochua, 63, has been lobbying for international help since she was forced to flee her homeland in October, after being accused by Hun Sen of being an “urban terrorist.” She described the supreme court's decision as "a blow to democracy" but said it would not be fatal. "The democratic movement for change inside and outside Cambodia will be glued together stronger than ever," Ms Sochua said after the decision. Mu Sochua, deputy leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Credit: AP Ms Sochua met with British officials in London this week to shore up support for targeted sanctions on the regime. Britain is one of Cambodia’s most important trading partners, importing roughly $1 billion [£760m] worth of products in 2016. In an interview she told The Telegraph the party was anxious to see more action from the international community, "especially the UK", and hoped Thursday's decision would be seen as "a red line being crossed".  "You can let peace die, democracy die in Cambodia or you can take action to be accountable to your own taxpayers," Ms Sochua said. She added: “If the prime minister can go as far as dissolving the party that is the only competitor, I think Mr Hun Sen can do anything else, so the situation for democracy and for peace in Cambodia looks really bleak. Opposition leader Kem Sokha prays during a Buddhist ceremony in Phnom Penh Credit:  AP Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, called for Japan and the EU to immediately suspend all financial and technical electoral assistance for the 2018 election unless the CNRP was reinstated and permitted to compete. “The Supreme Court dissolution of the CNRP is the culmination of Hun Sen’s backdoor plan to ensure his victory in next year’s election,” Mr Robertson said. Champa Patel, head of the Asia programme at think-tank Chatham House, pointed out that the presiding judge in the case was a high-ranking member of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and a close associate of the prime minister.   A Buddhist monk tries to enter a blocked street outside the supreme court on Thursday Credit: AP “The dissolution of the Cambodian opposition reflects how the courts in Cambodia have become tools serving government interests,” she said. “It is difficult to see how any proceedings can be seen as independent of vested interests.” The atmosphere of intimidation in Cambodia had already sparked international alarm, with Sweden threatening to revise its relations with Phomn Penh, and US Senator Ted Cruz threatening to push for a travel ban on top officials. Profile | Hun Sen  

Ferrari scuppered Red Bull's attempt to scrap three-engine limit

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With F1 already under fire for the wave of grid penalties that have marred the end of the campaign – which Ross Brawn recently said were making a ‘farce’ of F1 – there are concerns that the situation could get even worse next season with teams having to get through the campaign with one fewer power unit.Sources have revealed that Red Bull boss Christian Horner brought up the matter at ...

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11 Characters That Need to Appear in a Fighting Game

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PSLS: "Guest fighting game characters arent anything new, but theyve definitely been stealing the headlines as of late. First Injustice 2 made waves by announcing that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (yes, all four of them) would be making their way to NetherRealm Studios fighting game. Not to be outdone, Tekken 7 then fired back by announcing that Noctis from Final Fantasy XV was coming to their title as DLC. This naturally got me to think about what other characters would be a great fit as a fighting game guest character. Weve seen everything from Yoda to The Legend of Zeldas Link in the past, so any genre can potentially work. I wound up coming up with a list of 11 fighting game guest characters that Id love to see in a fighting game."

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Gabby Douglas Apologizes After Remark on Sexual Abuse Draws Fire

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In a response to a post by Aly Raisman, her former Olympic gymnastics teammate, Ms. Douglas had argued that it was women’s responsibility “to dress modestly.”

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N Korean defector’s condition stabilising

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The condition of a North Korean soldier severely wounded by gunfire while escaping to South Korea is gradually improving after two surgeries but it's too early to tell whether he makes a recovery, hospital officials said Saturday


Bannon’s ‘season of war’ on GOP establishment may backfire with first battle

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A growing number of Republicans say Bannon’s continued embrace of Roy Moore could undercut his ambitions to play kingmaker in 2018.

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Massive building fire blackens NYC skyline; few serious injuries reported

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Five-alarm fire damaged apartment building in New York City on Friday afternoon


Fox News viewers demand reporter Shepard Smith be fired for debunking 'Clinton uranium scandal'

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Fox News viewers are calling for a TV anchor to be fired because he debunked an erroneous conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton. Shepard Smith, who has been at Fox for more than two decades, discredited the theory which his own network has branded the Clinton uranium “scandal” in a five-minute segment. Fox News, as well as President Donald Trump and his allies, have suggested for months that donations to the Clinton Foundation were tied to the approval of a deal by the State Department and the Obama administration which allowed a Russian company to purchase a Canada-based mining group with operations in the US.

Some residents unaccounted for after huge fire at Pennsylvania senior living community

Added: 18.11.2017 1:02 | 1 views | 0 comments

Authorities struggled on Friday to account for the whereabouts of all the residents of a Pennsylvania senior living community after a massive blaze tore through their complex during the middle of the night, injuring nearly 30 and leading to a chaotic evacuation.
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Jack Ruby told FBI informant to "watch the fireworks" day JFK died: Documents

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The man who eventually killed Lee Harvey Oswald told an FBI informant to "watch the fireworks" shortly before JFK was killed in 1963


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